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Choosing your Pre-sessional course

Find out about the Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme: the courses we offer, their entry points and how to apply.

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Choosing your Pre-sessional course in 2022

The University of Bath is offering both in-person and on-line PSE courses in 2022. You need to hold an offer for your main degree programme before you apply for a PSE course. Which course you apply for depends on the English language requirement for your degree programme and whether you want to study in-person on our campus or study on-line from your home country.

Before you apply for a PSE course in 2022, you will need to check if you are eligible for a combined offer, which is only available as an in-person course on our campus or a standalone offer, which is also available as an in-person course on our campus, but you can choose to study on-line in your home country with a standalone offer only if you prefer.

Standalone offer

This means that your PSE course is separate from your degree programme.

If you cannot show us proof of graduation before the start of the PSE course, you will need to apply for a PSE course via the standalone pathway.

If your IELTS result (or IELTS equivalent) is Overall 5.0 or has any elements at 5.0 you can only apply for a PSE course on a standalone basis.

If you are an Undergraduate student or a PhD student, you can only apply for a standalone offer. The combined offer is not available for these programmes.

If you need a standalone offer, two options are available to you. You can study in-person on our campus or on-line in your home country.

You are only eligible for the in-person option if you have a SELT (Secure English Language Test). Your certificate must be dated within two years of the PSE course start date. If you do not have a SELT you can only study on-line. Please see this link for information about acceptable tests. However, if you have a SELT and only want to study on-line, you may do so.

Combined offer

If you have a combined offer you will study in-person on our campus.

You may be able to get a combined offer if your English language test score is very close to the English language requirement for your degree programme and you meet all the other conditions of your offer.

You will need to show proof of graduation before the PSE course start date in order to be eligible for a combined offer. A combined offer means your PSE course is combined with your degree programme.

Who you apply to for a combined offer depends on your postgraduate taught degree programme. Click on the appropriate link below and email a scanned copy of your IELTS certificate to your admissions department. They will decide if you can have a combined offer and issue this to you accordingly:

Check which course you need and apply for a standalone PSE

English language requirement

Your offer letter tells you the English language requirements for your degree programme. Alternatively, you can check the English language requirements on individual degree programme pages.

Current IELTS score or equivalent in accepted test Recommended course Dates Cost Apply
No more than 0.5 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 5 week PSE (Standalone in-person) 11 August 2022 £2,400 email The Pre-sessional Team
No more than 0.5 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 5 week PSE (Standalone on-line course) 11 August 2022 £2,400 email The Pre-sessional Team
No more than 1.0 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 10 week PSE (Standalone in-person) 11 July 2022 £4,450 Apply here
No more than 1.0 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 10 week PSE (Standalone on-line course) 11 July 2022 £4,450 Apply here

If you have taken a different English language test to IELTS, you can check its IELTS-equivalent. If your test is not listed, please email the Pre-sessional Team and we will advise you.

We close for applications four weeks before the start of the Pre-sessional course (10-Week, 13 June 2022 and 5-Week, 14 July 2022).

Information about visas

As an international student, you may need a visa to study in the UK. For further information about visas and how to apply for one, visit our Student Immigration Service pages.

Student experience

Read what some of our students thought about our 2020 online programme:

Contact us

If you have any questions about choosing your Pre-sessional course, please contact us.